No tariff hike on antimalarial and antibacterial drugs in Nigeria – minister


Nigeria’s health minister says news of tariff hike on antimalarial and antibiotics are fake

Nigeria’s minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has shut down rumours of a tariff hike on antimalarial and antibacterial drugs in the country claiming that the news is ‘fake’.

The news of the tariff hike was published on several platforms (HealthNewsNG not included). The Whistler reported:

“Some drugs and other foods are also being slammed with higher tariffs including Anti-malarial drugs and antibiotics; palm oil; wheat flour; tomatoes paste cassava products.”

But addressing the development via his social media account, the health minister said he spoke to the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, on the development and was informed that such hike does not exist.

He said: “I discussed with Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun on the issue of ‘tariff hike’ on antimalarial & antibacterial drugs at FEC. She said that there is nothing like that and Mr. President has not approved any new tariff whatsoever.”

He used the medium to call attention to increasing impacts of fake news in heating up the polity.

“I appreciate Nigerians for their feedback and concern. We should also hold conveyors of fake news to account. God bless the Federal Republic.”



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